1.) Cleveland Browns- Josh Allen QB, Wyoming
Cleveland hasn’t had a franchise QB since… well forever. After deciding Carson Wentz was not their guy getting the prospect that best compares to him might do the trick. Allen might have the most upside of any QB in this draft and will need some time to grow but his ceiling is as high as any QB in this years class.
2.) New York Giants- Sam Darnold, QB USC
Eli Manning is 37 and the Giants haven’t had a selection in the top two since.. Eli Manning. Many will be clambering for Barkley here and I get that, but getting a franchise QB in this draft is a must for the Giants and the depth at the RB position in this class is second to none.
3.) New York Jets- Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma
This is easily the hardest selection inside the top 5 for many reasons. Obviously the Jets traded up for a QB at this spot but with this organization, who knows what direction they will go. I settled on Baker for a couple of reasons including the fact that the Jets love to make a splash and this would certainly be that.
4.) Cleveland Browns- Saquon Barkley, RB Penn State
If the board shapes up like this the Browns may have well won this draft. Landing two franchise cornerstones in the same draft could finally turn this organization around. Barkley is a generational talent and a perfect fit for today’s NFL.
5.) Denver Broncos- Quenton Nelson, G Notre Dame
Nelson is my number two overall prospect in this class and the Broncos offensive line has been lacking talent for years. Nelson is a plug and play guy that coaches and GM’s will covet. Not a “sexy” pick but one that will automatically make Denver a better football team.
6.) Indianapolis Colts- Bradley Chubb, DE N.C. State
Chubb is my third ranked player and fills a major need for the Colts at a high value position. Chubb has scheme versatility and was a major reason the Wolf pack had so much success this season. The Colts need to build a team around Andrew Luck and Chubb is a day one starter for a defense that has been lacking a playmaker of his caliber for some time.
7.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers– Derwin James, S Florida State
There is plenty of talent on the Bucs current roster to think they could be a surprise team in the NFC this year but adding James to the secondary would be an ideal fit. James has the rare ability to play in the box one play and run with a teams top wide receiver the next. We have all seen how the Bucs love to draft prospects who play college in their home state so this makes a ton of sense.
8.) Chicago Bears- Tremaine Edmunds, LB Virginia Tech
Edmunds is a player rising up many boards and for good reason. He’s a safe pick and is perfect for today’s NFL. Chicago must upgrade their defense in a division that will see Aaron Rodgers, Kurt Cousins and Matthew Stafford twice a year.
9.) San Francisco 49ers– Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB Alabma
The 49ers must find playmakers on both sides of the ball and Fitzpatrick is the top available. He has great ball skills and can play all over the field and is yet another Alabama defensive back that projects to be an immediate impact day 1.
10.) Oakland Raiders- Denzel Ward, CB Ohio State
For the 2nd straight year I have the Raiders taking a CB from Ohio State. This selection would give them one of the best young tandems in the game and stop the revolving door that has been the Raider secondary. Ward has great footwork, can play in the slot or outside and this would be a solid value pick at this stage of round 1.
11.) Miami Dolphins- Vita Vea, DT Washington
Vea is a massive body who can become a centerpiece of a defense for years to come. This pick fills an immediate need and helps Dolphins fans get over the loss of Suh.
12.) Buffalo Bills- Josh Rosen, QB UCLA
There are reports that Rosen could “fall” in the top end of round one and this is without a doubt the very latest he could go. Personally, I like Rosen more then Mayfield and Bills may need to trade up to get their guy come draft night but in this scenario Buffalo finally lands their franchise QB. Rosen is the most pro ready QB in this draft and a natural thrower.
13.) Washington Redskins- Roquan Smith, Georgia
Washington has failed to upgrade their defensive front 7 for years now and Smith is easily the most talented player left on the board at this point and fills a major need. His sideline to sideline speed would tend you to believe that he cant hold his own at the point of attack but his tape shows otherwise.
14.) Green Bay Packers- Marcus Davenport, DE Texas-San Antonio
Injuries on both sides of the ball have really hurt the Packers the past two seasons. Finding a more consistent pass rush is always a priority and Davenport has flashed potential to be worthy of a selection here.
15.) Arizona Cardinals- Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama
Ridley is the top ranked wide receiver in this years class and can learn behind one of the all time greats in Larry Fitzgerald before being asked to become a true #1 option.
16.) Baltimore Ravens- Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville
Baltimore is a dark horse team to land a QB in this draft and I think they pull the trigger on the most athletic QB prospect since Michael Vick. Jackson was Louisville’s offense the past few seasons with little help around him. Jackson is a boom or bust prospect. Is he Michael Vick 2.0?
17.) Los Angeles Chargers- Da’Ron Payne, DT Alabama
The Chargers need to bolster the middle of their defense and Payne is another defensive talent from the factory that is Alabama. He is an athletic big man who can play in multiple fronts and does his best work against the run and has surprising quickness with a chance to develop an interior pass rush.
18.) Seattle Seahawks- Mike McGlinchey, OT Notre Dame
Its been well documented how badly Seattle’s offensive line played last year. Sure, they made a trade to acquire a franchise LT, but McGlinchey is a day one starter on the right side and can play guard or tackle.
19.) Dallas Cowboys- Courtland Sutton, WR SMU
With the departure of Dez Bryant the Cowboys now have a glaring hole at the wide receiver position. Sutton has strong hands and a wide radius to make an immediate impact for Dallas. He doesn’t run the most consistent routes but you do see flashes on tape and given time to grow could become a special player down the road.
20.) Detroit Lions- Taven Bryan, DT Florida
Bryan is another athletic big man that has scheme versatility who fits perfectly with what the Lions do on defense. He can play both inside and outside on the defensive line and has tremendous upside.
21.) Cincinnati Bengals- Rashaan Evans, LB Alabama
Rashaan Evans is one of my favorite prospects in this years class. He is a rangy linebacker that can stay on the field all three downs and has the ability to defend the run. When kept clean at Bama he was all over the place and was a nightmare for opposing offenses.
22.) Buffalo Bills- Isaiah Wynn, OT Georgia
Wynn is a true mauler on the offensive line and he most likely projects better at guard in the NFL. Protecting their new franchise QB after losing multiple linemen this offseason must be the team’s number one priority.
23.) New England Patriots- Jaire Alexander, CB Louisville
Obviously the Patriots secondary was inconsistent this past season. Alexander is a gritty tough corner with smooth hips who adds versatility in the return game. This is great value for the Pats at the back end of round 1.
24.) Carolina Panthers- D.J. Moore WR, Maryland
The Panthers traded away Kelvin Benjamin and replacing him with D.J. Moore makes a ton of sense. Moore is a raw prospect who needs work on his route running but he adjusts to the ball so well and has the ability to take the top off any defense.
25.) Tennessee Titans- Harold Landry, DE Boston College
Tennessee has an aging Brian Orakpo and Landry is a great edge pass rusher. He has natural bend and despite him not being the most gifted athlete, he has all the tools to get to the QB.
26.) Atlanta Falcons- Christian Kirk, WR Texas A&M
The Falcons obviously have a #1 wide out already on the roster. But Kirk is an ideal fit inside at the slot and could help attack the middle of the field to take pressure off Julio Jones. And while some would say this may be too early for Kirk, he is one of my favorite players in the entire draft.
27.) New Orleans Saints- Hayden Hurst, TE South Carolina
Much like the Ravens I think the Saints are keeping an eye on the QB situation at the top of the board. Unable to land one of the top prospects, they take the top rated player at a position of need. Hurst can line out wide and cause match up problems but he’s not just a pass catching threat. He can help in the run game and has improved considerably at blocking.
28.) Pittsburgh Steelers- Mike Hughes, CB UCF
Pittsburgh needs secondary help. Stop me if you heard that before. Hughes is the top rated CB left on the board and is a smooth athlete with versatility to return kicks and punts.
29.) Jacksonville Jaguars- D.J. Chark, WR LSU
The Jags need to add some playmakers on offense and Chark is just that. He blew up the combine and has the ability to take a simple play the distance. He needs to work on his route tree and is occasionally stiff in and out of breaks but his big play ability is worth the risk here.
30.) Minnesota Vikings- Will Hernandez, G UTEP
Minnesota must upgrade its offensive line and Hernandez has seen his stock on the rise since the Senior Bowl. He dominated all week long and that was backed up with what you saw on film. Adding talent in front of Cousins is a must this week.
31.) New England Patriots- Leighton Vander Esch, LB Boise State
Vander Esch has some medical issues that could leave him off some team’s boards but there is no doubting his ability to make an impact on the defensive side of the ball. He is a rangy tough linebacker who has strong instincts and a nose for the football.
32. Philadelphia Eagles- Derrius Guice, RB LSU
The Eagles would most likely want to move down from this spot but the defending world champs would also love to add a playmaker to pair with Carson Wentz for the next 10 years. Guice is a hard runner who was a work horse for the Tigers this past season. If you think the off the field concerns are behind him, he could very much in play at the end of round 1.